Bhutan in March : 2020 Travel Guide

With its breath-taking views, deep valleys and gorges, crisscrossing rivers, alluring culture and warm people, Bhutan is on the bucket list of almost every traveller, especially the ones hailing from its neighbouring countries.

Bhutan in March

Bhutan in March

Being located in the lap of the highest mountain ranges in the world can have its perks as well as a few downsides. Determining the time of the year to visit Bhutan can be confusing, if not planned and appropriately researched. Since the country is almost always covered in snow, it is best to avoid the winter as the roads would be blocked and you would hardly get to tick off anything on your bucket list.

Why visit Bhutan in March?

The best month to visit Bhutan in March if you want to experience the onset of spring. With the last snow of the season shedding from the branches of the barren trees, the entire country starts blooming again after a cold, long winter. Therefore, you would witness the Himalayan snow while enjoying spring in the kingdom and not having to cancel any of your plans.

Average Temperature and Weather in March in Bhutan

Tiger's Nest

The temperature in the country varies due to altitudinal differences but maintains an average of 25-15° C during March. The southern region starts experiencing a warm, sunny and pleasant climate while the northern part experiences its last round of snowfall. The entire country is a sight to marvel at with blooming rhododendron, clear sky and vibrant spring making its way. The region sees an influx of tourism around this time due to the numerous opportunities for outdoor activities possible.

What to do in Bhutan in March?

1. Find Solace at the Monasteries

Punakha Dzong

Bhutan is home to spirituality and tranquillity. With numerous monasteries dotting the hills and landscapes of the tiny kingdom, be sure to spend a few hours with the monks in the heart of Buddhism. It is not just the interior which calms your mind and soul but also the surrounding quaint environment and the serene aura of the place engulfs your body. Meditate there for a few hours, if possible and notice the change that you feel within yourself.

Monasteries You Must Visit

Tiger's Nest Monastery

Taktsang Monastery in Paro, standing on an elevation of 3,120 metres and surrounded by panoramic views of the Himalayas.

Tango Monastery 

Tango Monastery in Thimphu, a prominent Buddhist learning centre.

Punakha Dzong 

Punakha Dzong or the "palace of great happiness" is the second oldest and second-largest dzong in the country. Apart from being an architectural marvel, it is regarded as culturally vital due to the relics of the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism found here.

Gangtey Monastery 

The Gangtey Monastery in Wangdue Phodrang District is home to the rare Black Necked Cranes. You can attend the Annual Black Necked Crane Festival held every year in November with about 300 cranes rushing to the area where the importance of conserving the endangered species is explained. It is a much-cherished sight for bird watchers and wildlife photographers.

2.  Go and Challenge Yourself to the Most Thrilling Adventure Sports

River Rafting in Bhutan

If you are in Bhutan, you must have your dose of adrenaline rush. The landlocked country has several untouched, undulating terrains that are a paradise for travellers and adventure lovers. With numerous perennial rivers crisscrossing its land through the lofty high mountains. Bhutan is an ideal country to tick off the escapade activities in your wish-list. Moreover, with the offset of the snow and the gradual increase in temperatures, the locals bring you the best sports of the season.

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What you should try out
  • White-water river rafting in Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers in Khansum Yulley
  • Rock Climbing in The Nose, Thimphu
  • Kayaking in Wang Chhu, Sunkosh, Puna Tsang Chhu, Mangde Chhu
  • Trekking through the lofty Himalayan hills and little villages, archery, mountain biking, paragliding etc.
  • One of the must-try activities in Bhutan is the medical hot springs which are quite relaxing. After a day of exhausting adventures, immerse yourself in the Duer Hot Spring to get a natural massage.

3. Connect with Nature and Wildlife

Wildlife in Bhutan

The happiest country will not fail to surprise you. Bhutan is rich in flora and fauna and the locals in the region respect nature and worships it. Here, you find a connection with nature which you may not find anywhere else. With a vibrant ecosystem and pristine waters, Bhutan is a favourite hotspot for migratory birds as well as rare endangered species.

Wildlife sanctuaries you can visit Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary, Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary, Jomotsangkha Wildlife Sanctuary, Phibsoo Wildlife Sanctuary, Jigme Dorji National Park, Phrumsengla National Park etc.

4. Attend the Traditional Festivities

Festivals of Bhutan

Bhutan is the best to visit during its fairs and celebrations. The entire region, uniquely the monasteries, are decorated, the lamas and monks take part, delicious local cuisines are shared, and Bhutanese artefacts are on display. Two of the festivals which takes place in March are Paro Tshechu and Gomphukora Tshechu. The respective region comes alive with vibrant colours, music, mask and folk dances, and sacred rituals.

Read More on the Festivals of Bhutan.

What to Pack for Bhutan in March?

Packing is always a hassle. It only adds to your annoyance when you cannot predict the weather and have to carry almost everything you own to be on the safe side. However, here is a shortlist for you to not forget the essentials and reduce the weight of your backpack.
  • Sunglasses/ sunscreen lotion
  • Warm jackets, gloves, caps, thermals, woollen sweatshirts
  • Boots/hiking boots
  • Umbrella/raincoat
  • Moisturisers
  • Flashlight/binocular
  • Insect repellent
  • Important documents
Well, your list for Bhutan is ready with the places you need to visit and the activities you should try out. Book your tickets in advance to avoid any rush and save up on ticket prices and explore the country before it is flocking with tourist like any other destination with too many pictures already on Instagram!

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